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The 7124 fans in attendance at Gabrovo Arena were roasting in the hot sun. Lê Thái was the appointed referee. Gabrovo decided to use a 4-4-2 set up. The following players had been chosen: Velkov - Angelov, Ribarski, Zografski, Yordanov - Milev, Kirovski, Asenov, Mihaylov - Nikolov, Kolev.

A 2-5-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Torpedo. They fielded: Ursu - Ardalić, Yochev - Andreasson, Matula, Burgstaller, Zamora, Elliot - Kokkola, Mälkiä, Thatcher.

After 12 minutes, Torpedo's T. Yochev made his way through the middle and nonchalantly placed the ball out of the keeper's reach, putting the visitors up 0 - 1. The home crowd was not impressed when T. Mälkiä came in from the right, shooting hard to score after 14 minutes. Torpedo were now up 0 - 2. After 27 minutes a well-practised indirect free kick routine by Torpedo was easily anticipated by the defenders. The players forward were so well marked, they were left with few viable options. L. Thatcher's technique was perfect on this sunny day and led to some breathtaking tricks that bamboozled the defence. T. Yochev increased the visitors' lead by putting a volley away after a pass from the right. 0 - 3. Torpedo increased their lead after 36 minutes when T. Mälkiä broke through on the right, upping the score to 0 - 4, much to the home crowd's dismay. At this point, it was obvious that the players of Torpedo lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented. It was 0 - 4 at the break. Torpedo enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 81 percent of possession.

The visitors' T. Mälkiä took advantage of a misunderstanding between the home side's goalie and centre backs 47 minutes into the match. 0 - 5 for Torpedo. At that, T. Mälkiä was noted down for a hat trick! E. Burgstaller received a delicate pass through the home side's central defence after 58 minutes, and chipped it past the flailing keeper to score making it 0 - 6. The Torpedo fans went wild, whilst the home fans started to think about leaving early. The referee showed Torpedo's L. Thatcher the yellow card after a particularly nasty challenge. I. Yordanov wasn't much help defensively. His energy-consuming forward runs proved quite costly in the oppressive heat. Gabrovo's S. Kirovski refused to leave the field after injuring his achilles tendon after 61 minutes. Some fine movement on the left led to a Torpedo goal after 74 minutes, making it 0 - 7. K. Elliot was noted down as the scorer. After 84 minutes of game time, H. Matula had an excellent opportunity to add to the visitors' lead, clipping a volley hooked in from the right, but P. Velkov was in the right place and tipped the ball over for a corner. After 86 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed L. Thatcher to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 0 - 8. With 88 minutes gone, Torpedo's L. Thatcher had to leave the pitch after talking back to the referee and receiving his second booking. Possession in this half belonged to Torpedo, who controlled the ball 85 percent of the time.

Gabrovo's top performer was clearly D. Kolev. B. Asenov was a disappointment, however. T. Mälkiä performed admirably for Torpedo. T. Yochev turned in a dismal performance, however. The match ends 0 - 8.

Rating details

Midfield disastrous (high) poor (very high) 3 12 1/20 3/20
Right defence wretched (high) weak (very low) 7 13 2/20 4/20
Central defence wretched (high) passable (very low) 7 21 2/20 6/20
Left defence wretched (very low) poor (very high) 5 12 2/20 3/20
Right attack wretched (low) weak (low) 6 14 2/20 4/20
Central attack wretched (low) passable (very low) 6 21 2/20 6/20
Left attack wretched (high) weak (high) 7 15 2/20 4/20
Indirect set pieces
Defence poor (very low) weak (low) 9 14 3/20 4/20
Attack poor (low) weak (high) 10 15 3/20 4/20
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Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)


0 - 1  T. Yochev 12'
0 - 2  T. Mälkiä 14'
0 - 3  T. Yochev 32'
0 - 4  T. Mälkiä 36'
0 - 5  T. Mälkiä 47'
0 - 6  E. Burgstaller 58'
0 - 7  K. Elliot 74'
0 - 8  L. Thatcher 86'
1 booking accumulated L. Thatcher 59'
Suspended for next match L. Thatcher 88'
Got bruised S. Kirovski 61'


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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence poor (very low) weak (low) 9 14 3/20 4/20
Attack poor (low) weak (high) 10 15 3/20 4/20


Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Normal Normal
Tactic skill (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic) (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience wretched (low) inadequate (high) 6 19 2/20 5/20
Average midfield disastrous (high) poor (very high) 3 12 1/20 3/20
Average defence wretched (low) weak (high) 6 15 2/20 4/20
Average attack wretched (low) weak (very high) 6 16 2/20 4/20
Total average wretched (very low) weak (low) 5 14 2/20 4/20


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